Jackie - posted on 04/13/2010 ( 21 moms have responded )
So I am sure we all agree that you can't "expect" a pre-schooler to know and understand table manners, social courtesies etc. But what about an older child?? Hard to put a specific cut off on whats to old/to young, but do you think older children should and are able to just pick up on table manners eventually? Basically based on what they see, how others act, reactions they get etc. Or if the parents never bother to teach them is it always considered "not their fault they weren't taught"? Essentially should the child ever have to take responsibility for their own actions and if so...when?